Addressing Rural EMS Workforce Shortage
  There's a serious staffing crisis in the field of emergency medical services, specifically rural ems departments. which are facing a lot of challenges in recruiting and retaining qualified staff. Read more at KIMT 3 News. : Managing the Personnel Crisis in EMS Understanding Why EMS Systems Fail The Balancing Act: Knowing When to Manage and When to Lead (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: KIMT 3 News Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Synthetic Marijuana Seen as a Public Health Danger
A decade after first appearing in the United States, synthetic marijuana is seen as a growing health danger. Some marijuana smokers turned to it because it is relatively cheap and not detected in routine drug testing. Dozens of people in New Haven, Connecticut, went to the hospital this week after overdosing on a batch of synthetic pot. A look at the issue: What is it? While states have moved to legalize traditional marijuana, synthetic marijuana has become a public health threat. Synthetic pot is a mind-altering drug made by taking plant material and spraying it with chemicals that can mimic the high from mariju...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

College Football Bowl Game Renamed and Will Honor First Responders
In a joint effort to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s First Responders, the annual college football bowl game played at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas has been renamed the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl.  Kickoff for the newly christened SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is set for December 26 at 12:30 p.m. CT (1:30 p.m. ET) and will be televised by ESPN.  The agreement between ESPN Events and SERVPRO was brokered by Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment. “We are truly grateful for all first responders’ sacrifice and service,” said Brant Ringler, Executive Director ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Anna Negron (ESPN) Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New Orleans Mayor Fires 9-1-1 Director Without Explanation
  NEW ORLEANS (4WWL)--Mayor LaToya Cantrell fired the director of the city’s independent emergency communication district Thursday, using a hastily called meeting and a series of behind-the-scenes moves that had observers -- and even insiders -- perplexed. The Orleans Parish Communication District, otherwise known as the 911 Commission, held an emergency meeting Thursday to fire Stephen Gordon as executive director and replace him with Tyrell Morris, a newcomer from Washington, D.C., who had been running the 911 Call Center operations. Read more at 4WWL.   (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: David Hammer (4WWL) Tags: News News Videos Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Sunstar Paramedics Employee Honored by Florida Department of Health
ARGO, Fla.– Debbie Vass, director of quality initiatives at Sunstar Paramedics and parent company PatientCare, was honored with an Excellence in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Award from the Florida Department of Health. Vass received the Larry S. Jordan EMS Hall of Fame Award, which honors an individual for lifetime achievement in the field of EMS. As the director of quality initiatives, Vass oversees strategic planning and deployment, accreditation initiatives, and focuses on ensuring high-quality patient care throughout all levels of the organizati...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sunstar Paramedics Tags: News Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

11 Killed, Nearly 70 Wounded in Chicago Weekend Shootings
CHICAGO (AP) — At least 11 people were shot and killed and about 70 others were wounded over the weekend in Chicago, in a spasm of gun violence that police attributed mostly to gangs and that the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, used to criticize the city's Democratic leadership. The violence peaked early Sunday, including one shooting on the city's South Side that wounded eight people. JEMS: Penetrating Trauma Wounds Challenge EMS Providers By comparison, at least seven people were killed and 32 were wounded during the long Memorial Day weekend, which is often one of the most violent weekends of the year for ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Seattle EMTs Demand Better Pay as City's Contract with AMR Ends
SEATTLE (KOMO)– When people need medical transport in Seattle, it’s usually American Medical Response (AMR) that does it. But with the company’s seven-year contract with the city coming to an end, workers are asking for better wages. “Because contrary to popular belief, we are not paid like our brothers and sisters in the fire service,” EMT John Moore said. AMR employees say their wages start at just over $15 an hour, which is slightly above Seattle’s minimum wage, but far lower than their counterparts in similar areas throughout the country, like the Bay Area. Employees are now asking f...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mitch Pittman (KOMONews) Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

EMS Camp Allows U.S. and Canadian Teens to Make Impact on Israel
Tikva Goldberg from Queens, New York, grew up as a frequent patient of Hatzolah and hospital services. As a child, she suffered from epilepsy and was often in need of frequent treatments and transportation to and from hospitals. “I always wanted to give back and help others just as I was helped,” she said as she drove home from working her first ever ambulance shift as an emergency medical responder (EMR) in Israel. “The Rescue Israel program is really fitting for me in that it is giving me an opportunity to do just that,” she added excitedly. Goldberg is one of the twenty-two participants in a pr...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - July 31, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: United Hatzalah Tags: International News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Building Morale in EMS Agencies
The world of emergency care is hard. We see and do things that most other people never experience. But for most of us (as you probably already know), helping people with their various woes isn’t the hard part. We generally love that part, even when the circumstances are wretched. What’s actually hard is spending time doing our EMS craft at a place that sucks the confidence, cheerfulness and zeal from our well-intended psyches. Passion for helping others in distress leads us to this work, but all too often, it’s (some of) the people we spend time working for and among who are most instrumental in extinguis...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - July 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kate Dernocoeur, NREMT Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Boston's Efforts to Boost EMT Job Readiness and Recruitment
Boston EMS Chief James Hooley and Angie Camacho of the Boston Mayor's Office of Workforce Development talk about job readiness and recruitment efforts to meet demand for Emergency Medical Technicians. Interview from BNN News. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - July 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Chris Lovett Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Managing NEMSIS Transitions Requires Simplicity, Training & Extensive Planning
“How do we know we’re doing well? What should we be improving?” Anyone involved in the delivery of EMS asks these questions. They lead to more detailed questions like: “What’s our time to STEMI alert? Stroke alert? Taking a 12-lead? What indicators should guide us to transport to a Level 1 (or Level 2, 3, 4) trauma center?” We also continually ask, “And are we in need of improvement in any area?” Answering these questions requires data—on your own performance and  on what other agencies are doing. It’s that comparative data that sheds light on areas of improv...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - July 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kenny Schnell Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Operations Source Type: news

The iBeat Is a ‘Smart’ Watch, But It Can’t ‘Save Your Life’
The Emergency Medical Services and Fire industry is complex. Reporters covering Health and Health IT— including iBeat, the most recent darling — must carefully vet companies’ “Big Claims.” I do not often comment on articles written about other companies — particularly because, having been a journalist for the first half of my career, I empathize with the challenge of writing quickly about hot topics, especially when they are complex, technical, and the interview subject is a something of a celebrity. But journalists are in hindsight eulogizing the many signs that w...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - July 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jonathan S. Feit, MBA, MA Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Paramedics Plus Announces Corporate Rebranding, Changes Name to PatientCare Logistics Solutions
TYLER, Texas (July 19, 2018) – Paramedics Logistics Operating Company, LLC d/b/a Paramedics Plus, a leading provider of ground-based 911 emergency ambulance and other critical healthcare logistics solutions, has been rebranded as PatientCare Logistics Solutions, LLC (“PatientCare” or the “Company”). The corporate level rebranding reflects the Company’s continued commitment to provide the highest quality of care for each and every patient served. PatientCare will maintain continuity with the service brands in the municipalities that the Company currently serves including: Sunstar Paramedi...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - July 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Patient Care Logistics Solutions Tags: News Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

FDA Drug Shortages Task Force Applauded by EMS Physicians
Last week the Food and Drug Administration announced the formation of a Drug Shortages Task Force aimed at alleviating nationwide shortages of life-saving drugs. The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) and other medical groups representing physicians and medical professionals across the country are throwing their support behind the new FDA task force, which was created at the urging of Congress. The NAEMSP, an organization of more than 1,500 physicians and EMS professionals who advocate for all levels of EMS care providers, has been actively engaged on drug shortages issues in Washington since shortages of esse...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - July 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New Jersey ’s EMS Response to the Opioid Epidemic
Similar to many states around the country, New Jersey continues to experience a growing opioid epidemic.Among many professionals battling this epidemic on the frontline are New Jersey’s 32,000 EMS providers. Compounding the problem with illicit opioid use is the high incidence of fentanyl-related overdoses within the state. The opioid epidemic is so severe that, according to New Jersey's real-time dashboard of opioid-related data, it has already claimed 1,562 lives in the state from January 1 through July 7, placing us on track to exceed previous annual state opioid overdose death statistics. New Jersey’s EMS B...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - July 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Timothy Seplaki, EMT-P Tags: Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

The Evolution of MEDIC, Charlotte, N.C.'s High-Performing EMS Agency
Construction workers recently put the finishing touches on Medic’s new $48 million headquarters, a state-of-the-art facility that supports 600 employees, as well as an ever-expanding fleet of trucks, equipment and medical supplies. Although the new headquarters is impressive, it really stands as a symbol of the hard work achieved by the organization’s people over the last two decades, says Joe Penner, executive director of Medic, whose teams serve all 544 square miles of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, including the booming city of Charlotte. Only after dedicating the entire organization to a patient-center...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - July 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Joe Penner Tags: Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Beware: Unknown Faces from Unknown Places
In Act 3, Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, Brutus stabs and kills Caesar, to which Caesar responds, “Et tu, Brute? Then fall Caesar.”1 These are memorable words, spoken by the Roman dictator Julius Caesar to his friend Marcus Junius Brutus at the moment of Caesar’s assassination. Shakespeare’s play illustrates Brutus’ internal struggles, his assassination of Caesar with other conspirators, and their subsequent downfall. In the final scene, Mark Antony describes Brutus as “the noblest Roman of them all,” for he was the only conspirator who acted for the good of Rom...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Apple Sets up iPhones to Relay Location for 9-1-1 Calls
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is trying to drag the U.S.'s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century. If it lives up to Apple's promise, the iPhone's next operating system will automatically deliver quicker and more reliable information pinpointing the location of 911 calls to about 6,300 emergency response centers in the U.S. Apple is trying to solve a problem caused by the technological mismatch between a 50-year-old system built for landlines and today's increasingly sophisticated smartphones. An estimated 80 percent of roughly 240 million emergency calls in the U.S. this year will come from mobi...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Michael Liedtke, Associated Press Tags: News Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Paramedic Chiefs of Canada hold National Leadership Summit 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta Canada
The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada and their colleagues from across the country gathered in Edmonton, Alberta, June 13-15 to set the stage for the future direction of paramedic systems in Canada. The leadership summit, hosted by Alberta Health Services, focused on key areas such as: systematic improvement, leadership capacity, mental health in the first responder community and leadership competencies developing the paramedic of the future. Thursday's opening keynote was presented by football legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons, founder of the Pinball Clemons Foundation, an organization that empowers youth through...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Dawn of a New Era for JEMS: It's About 'Time'
Today, our industry is heavily data and technology driven, with CAD systems and EPCRs almost universally used. Emergency care practices are more dynamic than ever, with critical advances in patient care occurring more frequently than a monthly print publication can possibly allow. Because technology and the Web have advanced to a point that it is both instantaneous and reliable, we feel that we can better serve the EMS community by focusing our efforts on delivering JEMS content via our website www.JEMS.com and other digital platforms to allow for a more timely – and frequent – publication. So we’ve decid...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

The National Registry of EMTs Appoints Bill Seifarth as New Executive Director
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The National Registry of EMTs (National Registry) and its Board of Directors today announced Bill Seifarth as the organization’s new executive director. An industry veteran, Seifarth brings more than 20 years of experience to the position, including Emergency Medical Services (EMS) leadership at both the State and Federal levels, along with a background of managing several comprehensive certification programs. “Bill truly has a unique combination of experience and talent, making him the ideal individual to serve as the National Registry’s fifth executive director,” said Dr. R...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Shoals Ambulance Hires Tommy Widmer as General Manager of Alabama
Shoals Ambulance today announced that Tommy Widmer has joined the company as general manager of Alabama overseeing operations in Northwest Alabama and the greater Birmingham area. “Tommy has strong entrepreneurial roots that will match well with our company’s growth model,” said MidSouth Regional President Bobby Peardon. “Shoals Ambulance’s employees, customers and patients will benefit from his experience in growing an ambulance company from scratch by developing strong, trusted relationships and anticipating and exceeding community needs. Under his leadership, I am confident that Shoals Ambu...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Priority Ambulance Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

FirstNet Responds After Strong Storms Hit Western Connecticut
    When the town of Brookfield, Connecticut was hit hard by a tremendous storm with wind speeds over 100 miles per hour, most of the area’s communications infrastructure was damaged and overloaded. For Brookfield Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Ellis the lack of communications threatened his ability to coordinate multiple agencies on scene providing mutual aid. Thanks to a quick response, first responders were outfitted with 30 FirstNet “ready” devices connected to a deployable SatCOLT (satellite cell on light truck) to support Brookfield. Within hours, fire and police were taking advantage of Firs...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: By Michael Varney, Area Lead, First Responder Network Authority Tags: News Videos Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

UnitedHealthcare Donates Drug Disposal Kits to Local Health Clinics and Physicians to Help People Safely Dispose of Unused Opioids
DAYTON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UnitedHealthcare is working with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and local care providers to confront the opioid epidemic by donating 10,000 opioid disposal kits to the Montgomery County Opiate Taskforce and Kettering Medical Center. The disposal kits offer people a convenient way to remove unused opioids from their homes and prevent their misuse or diversion. “All of the drug disposal kits donated today have the capability of destroying hundreds of thousands of prescription pills, which will stop the drugs from ever falling into the wrong hands,” said DeWine. “UnitedHealt...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: United HealthCare Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

George Rice Joins Redflash Group
Encinitas, Calif.--The RedFlash Group, a national strategic consulting firm specializing in public safety and healthcare, is pleased to announce the addition of George Rice as a Partner. Rice comes to the RedFlash Group most recently from the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT), where he oversaw a period of growth and heightened influence for the association throughout a seven-year tenure as Executive Director. He previously served as Executive Director of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO). Rice brings his experiences and insights acquired over a 30-year career in jus...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: The RedFlash Group Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Las Vegas Shooting: Audio from 518 9-1-1 Calls Released
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Screams and pleas for help, descriptions of people falling amid rapid gunfire, and breathless questions about what to do next emerged Wednesday in 911 audio made public by Las Vegas police eight months after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. "Shots fired! Shots fired! Hurry!" a woman screams, crying as a dispatcher asks where she is and the call disconnects. The dispatcher calls back and another woman answers. "Machine guns are being fired into the Route 91 festival," she says. "It's coming from above, I would assume from the Mandalay Bay side over by the Lu...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ken Ritter and Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press Tags: News Communications & Dispatch Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Pulsara Selected as a JEMS Hot Product from EMS Today 2018
Bozeman, MT — Pulsara and JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services) are proud to announce the selection of Pulsara’s version 7.0 as a Hot Product from the JEMS EMS Today Conference & Exposition, which was held February 21–23 in Charlotte, NC. Prior to this release, Pulsara’s communication platform focused on STEMI and Stroke care from EMS to definitive treatment within the hospital.  Version 7.0 allows users to dynamically create a patient channel, build any team based on patient need, and communicate. “Broadening the Platform to include any time sensitive emergency will allow EMS ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Pulsara Tags: Communications & Dispatch Industry News Source Type: news

FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson Delivers Keynote at the 2018 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting
Remarks by Sue Swenson, FirstNet Chair Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Program Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting, San Diego, CA, June 5, 2018  —As prepared for delivery— Good morning everyone and welcome to America’s Finest City and the 2018 PSCR Conference. We have spent so many years talking about what seemed to be the elusive nationwide public safety broadband network. It is thrilling this year that FirstNet is finally here and first responders are using its capability with great satisfaction. I am so pleased to see what is happening in the world for first responders. The re...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: FirstNet Tags: Communications & Dispatch Industry News Source Type: news

Collin County (Texas) Paramedic Reinstated After Being Suspended Over Drowning Response
COLLIN COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A Collin County paramedic is back on the job after she said she was unfairly suspended by her company for trying to save a life. Liz Day was suspended by American Medical Response after she jumped into a Melissa quarry two weekends ago trying to save 18-year-old drowning victim Xzavion Epps. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Erin Jones, CBSDFW Tags: News Videos Operations Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Chris Powell Appointed as Corporate Controller for Pelican Products, Inc.
TORRANCE, CA – Pelican Products, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance protective cases, temperature controlled packaging and advanced portable lighting systems, has appointed Chris Powell as Corporate Controller to manage global financial operations.  “Sound fiscal policy and practices are the cornerstone of any successful business and Chris’ diverse experience will ensure that Pelican continues to offer the high level of service and quality that our customers have come to expect,” said Don Jordan, Chief Financial Officer, Pelican Products.   A...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Pelican Products Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Medusa Medical Technologies Partners with Beyond Lucid Technologies to Provide Prehospital Data Exchange
HALIFAX, NS and CONCORD, CA (May 29, 2018) — Medusa Medical Technologies today announced that it has partnered with California-based Beyond Lucid Technologies (BLT) to create a “plug-and-play” solution for exchanging EMS-based electronic patient care record (ePCR) data with electronic health records in hospitals, clinics and other care facilities. The collaboration fuses Medusa’s solution, Siren ePCR, with BLT’s MEDIVIEW™ Beacon Health Information Exchange, and will allow EMS and Fire agencies to achieve new levels of data sharing with their local hospital networks. It’s techno...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

Learning from the Past to Make the Future of EMS Even Better
Seeing the future’s potential as we learn from the past I recently had the honor of addressing the first graduating class from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s (SDFD) paramedic program, for which I serve on the academic advisory committee. The ceremony was held on the top deck of the historic USS Midway aircraft carrier, which is now docked in San Diego bay as a floating museum. It was a fitting location for the historic paramedic graduation, and it made me think about all the reasons why the 16 graduates are now pioneers in the next generation of EMS. The astronauts who flew on the init...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

How Frequently do EMS Providers Receive Feedback on their Care?
This study comes from data obtained through the National Registry of EMT’s LEADS project. A survey was delivered with the registration packet for EMTs and paramedics. The objective was to determine how frequently EMS providers are given feedback on their care, the type of feedback received and how they received it. A total of 15,766 surveys were reviewed, with 69.4% of respondents reported receiving some form of feedback in the 30 days preceding the survey, 54.7% receiving specific feedback on the medical care they provided. Receiving feedback occurred more often for paramedics, EMS providers with fewer yea...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP, FAEMS Tags: Patient Care Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Design to Honor Sept. 11 Rescuers and Recovery Workers Unveiled
NEW YORK (AP) — A pathway flanked by six stones meant to symbolize strength and determination will be added to the Sept. 11 memorial site in lower Manhattan to honor the rescue and recovery workers who toiled for months at ground zero, officials announced Wednesday in unveiling the design concept. The new dedicated area will also serve as a way to honor those who became sick or died from exposure to the toxins in the environment after the twin towers fell. "Hundreds of thousands of people are estimated to have been exposed to toxins at the World Trade Center site, both on the day of 9/11 and during the months of...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Deepti Hajela, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Positive Identification Feature Available in Elite for EMS
LAKEVILLE, MINN. - ImageTrend, Inc. announced the availability of a feature for Positive Identification of EMS personnel for the handling of controlled substances. This function employs a list of challenge questions that can be randomly generated at time of signature when documenting a controlled substance within a patient care report to verify the identity of the logged in medic. “A completely electronic record is vital to data integrity and interoperability,” commented Dan Vanorny, Vice President of Software Engineering at ImageTrend. “We are pleased to include a secure and 100% electronic method for Po...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 29, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

EMS: So Much More than Lights and Siren
When I first became an emergency medical technician, I thought being on an ambulance would be constant excitement: driving with lights and sirens to rescue injured victims of traffic crashes, delivering babies in people’s homes, taking men and women with strokes and heart attacks quickly to the hospital. I soon learned that not every 911 call involved a life-threatening emergency requiring rapid transport. A nursing home resident fell and needed stitches. A child’s fever spiked, causing a seizure. A teenager broke his leg trying to score the winning run. Emergency medical services (EMS) providers do much more t...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Heidi King Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Former Pennsylvania Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge Records Video Greeting for National EMS Week
  Former Pennsylvania Governor and United States Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge recorded a video greeting for National EMS Week. In the video, he recounts his own experience with a cardiac arrest in 2017, when he was resuscitated by a crew from Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS). In his his heartfelt message to ATCEMS and to EMS providers all over the country, Ridge says, "You have been and always will be a source of comfort and strength for the neighborhoods and the families you serve." (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Austin-Travis County EMS Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Trinity EMS Announces New Operations Manager
Trinity EMS is pleased and excited to announce the promotion of Josiah Peters to Operations Manager. Josiah has been in the EMS industry dating back to his firefighter days in Avoca, Pennsylvania in 1998, where he first became an EMT-B. Josiah was always a hard worker and enjoyed the EMS field. Eventually he moved back to Massachusetts in 2002, settling into Merrimack, MA with his wife Molly. While back in Massachusetts, Josiah joined a local ambulance company working as an EMT-B for three years. He joined the Trinity team in 2005 and quickly moved up the ranks. He became a BLS Field Training Officer while working his w...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Trinity EMS Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New Castle County (Del.) EMS Paramedic Partners Create a Unique Relationship, Making Them “Stronger Together”
    From nccde.org: New Castle County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was the first paramedic service in the first state, and they celebrated their 30th anniversary of advanced life support delivery in 2005. In December 2009, the New Castle County Paramedics became the first EMS agency in Delaware, and the first ALS-intercept agency to achieve national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). New Castle County EMS is a multi-jurisdictional county municipal paramedic service covering the entire 437 square miles and over 552,778 residents of New Castle County. We are prou...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 22, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Newcastle County EMS Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news